Rod MacCormackTechnical Team Lead at a energy/utilities company
Anonymous UserResearch Programmer/Analyst at a renewables & environment company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The shadow feature is extraordinary and helps a lot when supporting remote users."
"The most valuable feature is the automatic software upgrades because they take place on only three or four servers, rather than on 50 or 60 machines."
"XenApp is a fast, secure and reliable solution for remote connections that is completely different than and superior to older Windows solutions."
"Stable product with straightforward setup."
"This is a very stable solution which you can feel confident using."
"You can connect to any printer, and from anywhere you can print documents using a compressed channel. It is easy and the bandwidth is very low."
"I found the ease of deployment, scalability, and security to be to our benefit when supplying virtual applications to our clients."
"The user experience when using the solution's technology remotely is definitely superior to our VPN and/or Windows Remote Desktop. It's a much better user experience for those folks."
"It is stable, easy to scale, and provides secure remote access."
"The most valuable feature is connectivity. The remote connection is the reason we are using this solution."
"The ease of access and the confidentiality and security that it provides is what we like best."
"The price and user interface are great."
"The most valuable feature is the seamless application edition with the low-level network bandwidth because we have between 10 and 15 sites in France with a low level of communication needs. We need to deploy our main application, the ERP system, and we needed an efficient solution to provide a solution to the remote sites, with very small links between the data center and the remote site."
"The basic virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) feature is most valuable. We were lucky to have it in place when the pandemic hit. It is used very heavily now."
"The feature that I like is that it is fast."
"Direct connection of USB devices on the terminals to be used by streamed applications is very important for printing and the usage of token authentication, but the current version does not support this one hundred percent."
"We would like to be able to provide VDI, a full desktop, to each of our users."
"Pricing can be lower and roaming profiles need to be fixed to work consistently."
"For us, pricing is the most important feature to improve."
"The product should expand its capabilities for integrating with other environments."
"Citrix has to support all of the hypervisors including KVM and OpenStack KVM."
"There are a lot of shortfalls with supporting printing over XenApp."
"There is room for improvement on the hypervisor side, providing better integration between the hypervisor and the product line. I suspect that they haven't put the work into that because of the move to the cloud. They want everything to be cloud-hosted. But for folks like us, who will always be a hybrid model, that's of some concern."
"The product is currently not working well in hosting conferencing software like Zoom, Team, and Salon."
"This solution is resource-intensive, it takes a lot of Bandwidth and a lot of the resources of the server."
"When there are technical issues, sometimes we can't get on the cloud."
"The initial setup is very complex."
"The application is now very complex. We started with Citrix on PCs. Now, to access the same application, we need to have a StoreFront Server, the Delivery Controller, and Citrix License Server. It's now very complex."
"They can simplify the process of printers. Printers were quite a difficult issue. It took us a long time to iron this issue out. We have the most simple use case where people connect from home to either a virtual machine or their physical desktop. We tried more complex solutions like Machine Creation Services, and they were more overhead than they were worth for us. I found them difficult to work with and confusing, and they were not worth the work for us."
"The lag when using Skype or Screen Sharing with multiple users needs to improve, as it makes it difficult for us to continue when we have to restart the system."
"I suggest using the concurrent user licensing scheme."
"A perpetual enterprise license costs approximately $300 USD."
"The Citrix licensing scheme is really straightforward and simple. It doesn't have hidden costs. You get what you pay for. It is easy to understand what is on the product, so it's simple to get a clear idea of how much it costs. Licensing is not an issue."
"Based not only on the cost of Citrix, but additional costs like firewalls, IPS, and other solutions, the total cost of switching users from using normal laptops with VPNs to connection via Citrix were so huge that the CEO of our company decided to postpone the deployment process."
"The licensing, in general, is expensive. A lot of customers battle to pay the amount. It's very difficult to ensure that your solution provides the business value that the customer is after."
"The cost of the Citrix software reflects what I would expect a product of that nature, in that market, to be. Understanding the licensing is quite a bit more complicated, because one of the things about Citrix is that you can buy licensing at different levels... Yet I still like the idea because it means that if all you need is a basic load balancing solution, then you don't need to buy an advanced or premium license."
"Citrix is a mid-range cost solution compared to some others out there."
"In terms of pricing with the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, I think it has gotten better over the years. Citrix has found more dynamic ways to be able to revive licensing models that fit many different scenarios that organizations have. We have been able to evolve our own licensing over the years to accommodate our situations between concurrent versus user device licenses. Now, when we move into the Citrix Workspace realm, we definitely have some awesome options there."
"We don't have a lot to compare it to, but we certainly think whatever we pay is worthwhile at this point in time. It's very reasonable."
"We are just now approaching the end of our initial purchase, which was an excellent price for us as an academic institution. We got a very good deal to get us on board. That license is up for renewal in about a year, and we are nervously waiting to see what the pricing will be."
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops provide granular access control, advanced system monitoring and an inherently secure architecture by providing remote access to Windows and Linux apps and desktops secured in the datacenter. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops enable IT to deliver on-demand apps and desktops to any device.
Only Citrix offers the most complete and integrated workspace to enable people to securely access their apps, desktops and data from anywhere. With the new Workspace app, you get complete choice of device, cloud and network, while maintaining IT security and control—even over corporate SaaS and web apps. Built on trusted Citrix solutions for Windows app and desktop delivery, device security, secure file sync and sharing, network security, and intelligent analytics, Citrix Workspace offers unmatched experience, choice, and security.
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is ranked 1st in Virtual Desktop with 20 reviews while Citrix Workspace is ranked 5th in Virtual Desktop with 7 reviews. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is rated 8.8, while Citrix Workspace is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops writes "Allows the end user device flexibility when remotely accessing my organization's resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Citrix Workspace writes "Fast set up, easy to install, with responsive support". Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is most compared with VMware Horizon View, Amazon Appstream, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, TeamViewer and Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), whereas Citrix Workspace is most compared with VMware Workspace ONE, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, VMware Horizon Cloud, VMware App Volumes and NetApp Virtual Desktop Service. See our Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. Citrix Workspace report.
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